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Apple Valley man who stole Star Tribune truck, fearing zombies, charged

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Criminal charges relased this week say an Apple Valley man took off in a Star Tribune newspaper delivery truck because he thought zombies were chasing him.

The Pioneer Press reports Garrett Howard Hurlbut, 23, of Apple Valley, was charged by summons Sept. 21 with stealing a motor vehicle after police say he made off with the Star Tribune delivery truck as the driver stepped inside a gas station.

The Star Tribune says Hurlbut was charged with stealing a motor vehicle on Sept. 29. Just after 1 a.m., according to court documents, Hurlbut stole the Star Tribune delivery truck while its driver was dropping off newspapers inside an Apple Valley Kwik Trip on W. 145th St.

Police found Hurlbut near the truck several blocks away, at 140th Street and Cedar Avenue. He told police that he had “jumped or fell from the truck” and was “running from zombies,” according to the criminal complaint.

The Pioneer Press reports he smelled strongly of alcohol and registered a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.198 on a breath test, more than twice the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08, according to the charges.

The Pioneer Press says he suffered lacerations on his head was taken to a hospital, where he made further statements about taking the truck because he was "afraid he was being chased."

Hurlbut has no prior criminal history in Minnesota, according to the St. Paul newspaper. His first court date is Dec. 16.

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